They came together in Hacettepe for the 14 March Medicine Day

Within the scope of the 100th anniversary of our Republic and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, the "14 March Medicine Day", which was organized jointly with the medical faculties in Ankara, was hosted by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

The Medicine Day program, which is celebrated on the 14th of March every year and is a day of commemoration and celebration where the service problems of the medical professionals and their contributions to science are discussed, started in Anıtkabir. After the Anıtkabir visit, the event that continued at the Sıhhiye Campus Cultural Center was attended by participants from all medical faculties in Ankara and people from Hacettepe, as well as Deputy Governor Ayhan Özkan, the founder and rector of Başkent University Prof. Dr. Mehmet Haberal, Bilkent University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. Gülsev Kale joined.

Speaking at the opening of the program, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Mehmet Deniz Demiryürek shared information about the history of Medicine Day. Stating that the first celebration movement for the Medicine Day was actually a reaction movement and took place on 14 March 1919 in occupied Istanbul, Prof. Dr. Demiryürek stated that this movement started under the leadership of medical third year student Hikmet Bora and that all the teachers of that period supported this movement, and that the medical holiday started as a homeland defense movement of medical professionals.

Touching on the issue of violence in health, Demiryürek stated that medicine requires great sacrifice and said, “The physician is compassionate, patient and understanding. Physician also has the anxiety and tension of the person who applied to the hospital, having problems and their relatives. However, the physician was not trained against those who attacked and killed on the pretext that his expectations were not fulfilled. We still do not provide this training, we wish the days when we will be far from having to give it as soon as possible. I congratulate the 14 March Medicine Day of my devoted colleagues, who work with great devotion to create a healthy society, think of their patients before themselves, and stay away from their family, home, sleep and food when necessary without hesitation, and all healthcare professionals who do not spare their support while performing this profession.” he said.

"We tried to fulfill our responsibilities"

Hacettepe University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Serhat Ünal also gave a speech and shared the following information about those who lost their lives in the earthquake disaster and what the university did: “Unfortunately, we lost 17 students studying at our university due to the earthquake. Together with the whole country, we made an effort to bury our pain and fulfill our responsibilities. On the first day, on February 6, 17.30, 17 of our physician friends from Hacettepe University Hospitals arrived in the region. 8 lecturers and 62 assistants performed their duties in hospitals in earthquake zones for the first 10 days. From the first day until March 13, 2023, 1075 injured were admitted to our hospitals. 66 of them are still being treated in our hospital. Psychosocial support was provided for all patients and their relatives who came with a psychosocial support line that was created quickly. With the donations made by our personnel, 9 trucks were delivered to the earthquake victims in need.”

Medicine Day event, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Student Representative Stj. Dr. Baran Kart and Ankara University Faculty of Medicine Assistant Representative Res. See. Dr. After the speeches of Yavuz Kutay Gökçe, Chairman of the Board of the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Medical Education Programs Prof. Dr. He continued with İskender Sayek's conference named "Post-Disaster Medical Education".

The event ended with the mushroom pilaf, which has become a tradition in medicine day in Hacettepe.